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Murchisonfjord – 27th July 2015

Inner Murchisonfjord is teasing with its wide-open landscapes, barren but then so rich in detail, and the vicinity of the inland ice. So we went out, equipped with thermos bottles and sandwiches, following little valleys inland. A moon landscape, but so colourful, maybe rather a Mars landscape? Precambrian colours turn some of the hills deeply red. Thanks to the stromatolithes, who initially produced all that free oxygen.

Photo Triodalen – 27th July 2015 – 1/2

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Even the rivers seem to hide from the harsh climate sometimes, as they build some beautiful snow bridges and tunnels. Good views of the inland ice, Vestfonna. Only the beginning destruction of a hiking boot keeps us from walking the last bit to the ice. But to appreciate the greatness of a mountain (or ice cap), you have to keep a distance anyway.

Photo Triodalen – 27th July 2015 – 2/2

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And seven hours of fresh air don’t leave much to be desired. There is plenty of fresh air today, the air seems to be in a rush. We hide in a small side bay with the boat, trying to get a little bit out of the wind. The ropes are banging against the mast, making a lost of noise, and the anchor is audibly working to keep Arctica II in position. Hopefully the wind goes down a bit.

Photo Fargefjellet – 27th July 2015 – 1/2

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